2012 Men’s Artistic Gymnastics European championships - GB team announcement.
British Gymnastics is delighted to announce the senior and junior men’s artistic gymnasts selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 European Championships 23rd-27th May in Montpellier (FRA).
For the senior gymnasts the European Championships form part of their preparation for the London 2012 Games with all gymnasts selected looking to push their claim for the full Olympic team to be announced on July 4th.
The line-up is led by British champion Daniel Purvis and Olympic Bronze medallist Louis Smith.
They are joined by experienced GB team members Kristian Thomas and Ruslan Panteyleymonov, along with Max Whitlock, who having travelled as reserve to the 2011 World Championships, now finds his place in the senior team. The seniors will compete in team and individual apparatus competitions.
The junior team is led by 2011 British ‘youth’ champion Frank Baines and 2011 European Youth Olympic Champion Courtney Tulloch along with Jay Thompson, Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan.
British Gymnastics Olympic Performance Director Tim Jones: “We have had to make some difficult decisions when selecting both teams for this event, with the competition for places being tougher than ever.
We are convinced our senior team can maintain its strong progress towards London 2012, and look forward to our juniors continuing our strong recent tradition of producing excellent European junior results.”
British Gymnastics men’s technical director Eddie Van Hoof said: “These European Championships serve as an important challenge ahead of the Olympic Games and an opportunity for our senior team members to promote their performance on the world stage. We have a very strong squad and with Sam Oldham and Dan Keatings ever improving fitness levels we will have a great depth to select from in the summer.
We feel we have a junior team who will be ready to take on the challenge of following in the footsteps of our previous teams and look to become champions of Europe. We hope this team will really lay down the marker for the next Olympic cycle.”
Name – age – DOB - coach?- club
Daniel Purvis (21) – 13/11/90 – Jeff Brooks and National Coach Andre Popov – Southport YMCA
Dan was the 2010 World and European floor bronze medallist and was the 2010 and 2011 all-around British champion. He won the 2011 Glasgow World Cup event and finished the year as the number one ranked male gymnast in the world.
Kristian Thomas (23) – 14/02/89 – Michelle Bradley and National Coach Andre Popov – Earls
Kristian rose to prominence in 2008 when he was crowned senior British champion. He followed this up with a superb performance at the 2009 World Championships in London where he came 6th in the all-around. Kristian is known for his explosive vault work
Max Whitlock (19) – 13/01/93 – Scott Hann – South Essex
Max was first selected for the men’s senior team as travelling reserve for the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo having taken three medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi (India).
?Ruslan Panteyleymonov (28) – 06/05/83 - Alex Shiryaev– Hinckley
The Ukrainian native came to Britain in 2000 to study English and IT in Coventry; then he continued reading Sports Science. In April 2008 he was granted British citizenship and represented the country as a member of the GBR Team at the World Championships in Rotterdam. He is the 2011 British Masters Champion on vault.
Louis Smith (23) – 22/04/89 – Paul Hall – Huntingdon
Louis’s strongest event is the pommel horse, on which he has been European silver medallist twice (2009 and 2010) and Commonwealth Games Champion. He won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships and repeated this at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and at the 2011 World Championships.
Name – age – DOB- coach-club
Frank Baines (16) – 16/07/95 – Jeff Brooks – Southport YMCA
Nile Wilson (16) – 17/01/96 – David Murray - City of Leeds
Courtney Tulloch (16) – 06/10/95 - Ionut Trandaburu – Pegasus
Brinn Bevan (14) - 16/06/97 - Scott Hann – South Essex
Jay Thompson (15) – 11/06/96 – Steve Jehu – Exeter
Team led by National Coach Barry Collie
Wednesday 23 May 2012: Qualification juniors
Thursday 24 May 2012: Qualification seniors
Friday 25 May 2012: All-round final juniors
Saturday 26 May 2012: Team final seniors
Sunday 27 May 2012: Apparatus finals seniors and juniors
British Gymnastics media manager Tim Peake will attend the event providing updates via the @bgmediateam twitter feed and the British Gymnastics Facebook page with press releases sent daily to all media and posted on the BG website.